04 October, 2016

Geography & Spatial Planning Opening Lecture: Professor Anna Geppert, University Paris IV Sorbonne

Vae victis! Spatial planning and the recent shift in French metropolitan governance

Professor Anna Geppert, University Paris IV Sorbonne, President of AESOP

with discussant, Professor Geoffrey Caruso, Institute of Geography & Spatial Planning, UniLu

Monday, 10th October 2016, 18:00 
“Black Box” (Ground Floor)
11, Porte des Sciences, 
Campus Belval, Maison des Sciences Humaines

France is known for its strong egalitarian tradition in spatial planning, aiming to reduce disparities between places. However, this picture is no longer true. After a series of institutional reforms, planning competences have been rescaled and the new institutional design favours the metropolitan scale, expected to deliver growth-and-jobs as well as a high level of services to the inhabitants. As a result, metropolitan institutions are strengthened and concentrate resources and powers. But inequality is growing, bringing about winners and losers across space.

The paper will address this shift in metropolitan governance. First, we will “set the scene”, introducing the institutional design at French metropolitan scales. Second, we will present the administrative reforms of the years 2010, 2014 and 2015, which have created a new governance level at the metropolitan scale. Finally, we will analyse the first outcomes of this process, in the light of the theory of rescaling.

The lecture will be followed by a reception. Please register per email: marie.delafont@uni.lu 

Anna Geppert is Professor of Spatial Planning at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France). Her research focuses on the evolution of the French planning system, and in particular the development of strategic spatial planning at urban as well as regional scale. She is President of AESOP - The Association of European Schools of Planning (2016-2018) and board member of several international planning journals. Her works are published in French, English, Polish, German, Slovak, Czech and Korean.

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